Monthly Archives: September 2020

#litreview – getting to argument, part 2.

#litreview – getting to argument, part 2.

Writing about literatures doesn’t mean writing a summary of what you have read. You dont want a paragraph by paragraph laundry list of the texts you’ve been reading organised into a rough kind of order. Of course you write summaries as a means of making sense of your readings, but it’s not where you stop. […] … learn more→

Coping with the rational chaos of Chinese higher education

Coping with the rational chaos of Chinese higher education

Despite being Hong Kong Chinese myself, I experienced profound culture shock when I began working in Chinese higher education. Foreign, and particularly Western, scholars often find certain aspects of Chinese higher education very disconcerting. I come from the region categorised as jingwai (the Chinese areas outside mainland China, which include Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao) by the government of the […] … learn more→

Workforce preparation is only a by-product of higher education

Workforce preparation is only a by-product of higher education

This is a dark time for universities. The urgent social and economic challenges that societies face in the wake of Covid-19 have placed significant financial pressures on already stretched higher education systems. Meanwhile, in the UK, policymakers are also making increasingly critical attacks on “low-value courses” that do not tend to lead to high graduate […] … learn more→

Want to stop student cheating? Then stop giving tacit permission

Want to stop student cheating? Then stop giving tacit permission

Even academics sometimes prefer the bliss of ignorance to the disillusion of knowledge. One such area is student cheating. The extent to which students cheat in university exams is not a subject that many academics or institutions care to probe with any diligence, lest turning over the stone reveal some uncomfortable truths. But to disregard […] … learn more→

Are the kids alright? Social isolation can take a toll, but play can help

Are the kids alright? Social isolation can take a toll, but play can help

Many parents are worried the disruptions of COVID lockdowns and school closures may affect their children’s mental health and development. In the Royal Children’s Hospital’s National Child Health Poll in June 2020, more than one-third of parents reported the pandemic has had negative consequences on their children’s mental health. Almost half of parents said the pandemic had […] … learn more→

There will be no generation lost at the University due to  COVID-19

There will be no generation lost at the University due to COVID-19

The universities began this course with many questions that we cannot solve. But it is our obligation to minimize uncertainties. And that is why we have been working since June to prepare the protocols that are allowing us to start classes. Zero risk does not exist; However, we can affirm that we have made an enormous effort so […] … learn more→

Online courses and meetings: how to overcome your fear of speaking

Online courses and meetings: how to overcome your fear of speaking

With the confinement and restrictions linked to the Covid-19 crisis, many students and parents have become accustomed to interacting by interposed camera, with a computer, tablet or smartphone. The challenge is usually finding a good place to settle down so that you can calmly ask questions, provide answers and share opinions with an online audience. Initially, […] … learn more→

5 ways the COVID-19 pandemic could affect your college application

5 ways the COVID-19 pandemic could affect your college application

The coronavirus pandemic has intensified college application anxiety. I make this observation as an admissions dean who, as of late, has not just been answering emails and questions from parents. Instead, I’m also responding to media inquiries about how my school plans to manage our selection processes in this crisis. All of these questions hint at an […] … learn more→

Preschool and childcare have little impact on a child’s later school test scores

Preschool and childcare have little impact on a child’s later school test scores

Early childhood education and care is widely regarded as helping children’s academic, cognitive and social development. Our study, published in the journal Behavior Genetics, looked into whether attending preschool or childcare influences later academic achievement. We found no statistically significant difference between the literacy and numeracy scores of school children who had attended preschool or childcare and children […] … learn more→

Why is LDN gaining popularity among longevity enthusiasts?

Why is LDN gaining popularity among longevity enthusiasts?

Naltrexone is an opioid antagonist that was initially used to treat opioid and alcohol addiction. Low dose naltrexone (LDN — usually < 5 mg/day) has become popular as an off-label treatment for many autoimmune disorders throughout the past two decades. What is LDN? Low Dose Naltrexone is a strong antagonist of opioid receptors. LDN is […] … learn more→